While everyone stares starry-eyed at the Silicon Valley, the beating heart of tech innovation in the world, there are more than a few questions about how this region became the technology hotspot of the world. How did it start? When were the big companies founded?
Scroll below to be know about the origins of Silicon Valley (Bay Area).
In the 1800s, it was the hub of telegraph and radio services.
In 1909, one of the first radio stations of the US, was opened in San Jose.
In 1933, Moffett Field becomes a hub for the early aerospace industry.
Scientists and researchers find work in the area.
Not very exciting, right?
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, popularly known as HP, originally made oscilloscopes. During WWII, they made artillery and radar technology
First Shockley co-invented the transistor at Bell Labs and then left to form his own company in 1956.
Tired of his behavior, 8 employees leave Shockley’s company.
The first of the ‘Traitorous Eight’ to start their own ventures.
AMD or Advanced Micro Devices is a semiconductor based company.
Nvidia designs graphic processing units (GPUs) for gaming and professional markets.
Kleiner Perkins is a prime venture capital firm.
This cements Stanford’s position as one of the top pioneer industries for technology, and also helps in building the region’s reputation.
PARC Lab invented ethernet networking, the concept of GUI, computer graphics, and laser printers.
The report title which gave the Valley its popular namesake.
Things really grew big when Apple had its first IPO in December 1980. Venture capitalists flocked to the scene to make the most of the opportunity.
Sun Microsystems was founded by Stanford alumni in 1982.
In 1984, Cisco Systems was set up by Leonard Bosack (ex Stanford faculty) and his wife Sandy Lerner.
Giants begin setting up their offices.
The wave continues well into 2000 and is still raging strong as ever.
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